Author Archives: Andrew Haldane

Opinion: Could PEVEL help to secure the triumph of good over EVEL?

england-flagEvery time a Tory mentions English Votes for English Laws they have a certain daemonic glint in their eyes. The power junkies think they are about to get the keys to the pharmacy. They say nature abhors a vacuum, but the Tories can hardly conceal their delight at the vacuum created by the meteoric rise up the political agenda of the West Lothian Question (which they and their friends in the media have helped to propagate). In 2010 they gained 56% of English MPs with 40% of the English vote. Implementing overdue boundary revisions and reducing MP numbers would tilt the balance further in their favour. Requiring a good deal less than 40%, they could gain a majority of English MPs for the foreseeable future if historic voting patterns persist.

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Opinion: Could there still be a bright future for Lords reform?

Unless we are admitting defeat or  consider the electorate agog with admiration of the status-quo, we perhaps need to look beyond  the seemingly  compelling case for democratic legitimacy and begin developing some more imaginative ideas about what a reformed second chamber  might do  differently and explore its potential for transforming  politics.

Limiting the level of ambition for our shiny new democratic institution to the pursuit of the same old objectives of itself does not seem like a great leap forward.

It also leaves us vulnerable to the tactics adopted by the Conservatives and their press allies, who assiduously sought to cultivate public …

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  • User AvatarNeil Sandison 31st Jan - 9:57am
    What a sensable contribution by Catherine The black propaganda from both the extream wings of politics is not congratulating the hospitals and Trusts who are...
  • User AvatarJack 31st Jan - 9:49am
    I'm not surprised that Clegg came across well; this is, after all, the man who shone in the Debates last election. However I thought he...
  • User AvatarJohnTilley 31st Jan - 9:43am
    Yes, Ibrahim - that was my intention. I am happy to be reinforcing your point. You make a good point. I think MPs' pay should...
  • User Avatartheakes 31st Jan - 9:07am
    I was watching recording of Scandal at the time but wonder if Cleggie is grounding out a possible media career for himself like Michael Porrtillo?...
  • User AvatarLittle Jackie Paper 31st Jan - 9:04am
    jedibeeftrix - True. But surely pension provision is a different problem here. If we (or any country for that matter) wants pension provision then what...
  • User Avatartheakes 31st Jan - 8:58am
    Needs to be put in perspective. In 2010 won the ward with 1706 votes. Indicative of how far we have fallen nationally.